December 27, 2013

Fallen: Photos by Tanya Marcuse








Fallen: Photos by Tanya Marcuse

Beautiful photos of decaying fruit on the ground composed with other plant material.
I picture the garden: unruly, wild: lush with rot and overabundance. The uneaten fruit of the tree lies decaying on the ground and floats down streams. I try to create tension between decay and new life, randomness and order, flatness and depth, the natural and the fantastical. I collect the fruit from beneath trees in nearby orchards, freezing them to preserve the spectacle of their decay. I frequently work on a single photograph for days, or weeks, building up collected plant material, weaving together dead leaves and spring blossoms, adding insects and small creatures to create a tapestry-like density, presenting symbolic patterns of growth and decay in a natural (or perhaps unnatural) landscape.